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CTSPJ Board of Directors 2014-15

Paul Singley
President

Lila Carney
Vice President

Liz Glagowski
Vice President for Communications

Ricky Campbell
Treasurer

Jesse Buchanan
Secretary

Jodie Mozdzer Gil
Immediate Past President

Board members
Jamie DeLoma
Zach Janowski
Bruno Matarazzo
Cara Rosner
Michael Savino
Don Stacom

CTSPJ Board of Directors 2015-16

2015-16 CTSPJ Board of Directors

Paul Singley
President

Michael Savino
Vice President

Bruno Matarazzo
Vice President for Communications

Jodie Mozdzer Gil
Treasurer

Zach Janowski
Secretary

Jamie DeLoma
Past President

Board members
Shahid Abdul-Karim
Elizabeth Glagowski
Jordan Otero
Cara Rosner
Kat Schussler
Lynn Schnier

CTSPJ Seeks New Board Members

CTSPJ is looking for members or journalists willing to help work for the betterment of the Connecticut journalism community by joining its Board of Directors.

Nominations are now being accepted for one-year positions as president, vice president, vice president/communications, treasurer, secretary or as a member of the board.

The CTSPJ board works to helps support journalists each year through professional development events and the annual Excellence in Journalism Contest. The board also supports student journalists by awarding thousands of dollars worth of scholarships each year. CTSPJ supports journalistic causes, such as CCFOI and CFOG, as well as the national SPJ Legal Defense Fund. Board members get involved in one or more areas of interest.

All candidates must be paid nation as local and local members of SPJ.

If interested contact Cindy Simoneau, Nominations Chair,  at SimoneauC1@southernct.edu

Meet Bruno Matarazzo Jr.

matarazzoBruno Matarazzo Jr. is the education and social services reporter at the Republican-American’s Torrington bureau.

Before joining the Republican-American in June 2012, he spent 10 years working in newspapers in New Hampshire and the North Shore of Massachusetts. He worked at Foster’s Daily Democrat and was part of the newspaper’s 2004 New Hampshire presidential primary coverage.

Bruno graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 2002. A Connecticut native, Bruno started in journalism while a senior at Wethersfield High School when he worked in the Hartford Courant’s sports department as an editors’ assistant. He worked under the late Bo Kolinsky and he compiled box scores for the agate page.

Meet Zachary Janowski

Zachary Janowski is an investigative reporter for the Yankee Institute, Connecticut’s free-market think tank, where he is founding editor of the website Raising Hale.

He is a visiting member of The Courant’s editorial board, a 2012 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow and has been published by Philanthropy magazine and City Journal Online.

He represents SPJ on the board of the Connecticut Council for Freedom of Information and usually has more than a dozen pending document requests.

Meet Ricky Campbell

campbellRicky Campbell has been a press secretary at the Connecticut General Assembly since January 2013 where, as a liaison between lawmakers and media outlets, he is responsible for coverage of committee meetings, legislative debates, constituent impact and caucus messaging. He is treasurer at Connecticut SPJ.

Prior to his stint in state government, he worked as a general assignment reporter who dabbled in investigative work for the Torrington Register Citizen. It didn’t take long for Ricky to discover his niche in governmental affairs and politics reporting, which brought him into his new, current career move.

He is recently married, living in Hartford and has a dog named Carlos who is terrified of fireworks and thunderstorms.

Meet Paul Singley

Republican-American staff writer Paul Singley.

Paul Singley, a senior reporter and Web content producer at the Waterbury  Republican-American, has worked in journalism full-time since 2004. He is the president of Connecticut SPJ.

His first full-time reporting job was at the Republican-American, where he covered Woodbury, Bethlehem and the Region 14 school system.

Two years later, he was asked to cover his hometown of Naugatuck, a community which he has covered since. Singley worked for three years at AOL’s local journalism platform, Patch.com, where he launched the Oxford, Conn., Patch site and became a senior local editor, where he became the first person the company to oversee two Patch sites – Oxford and Naugatuck. He returned to the Republican-American in 2013.

Singley reports and works with staffers to find interesting ways to tell stories online, as well as in print.Singley is also an adjunct professor at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, and at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.

He is on the communications committee for the United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls. He lives in Naugatuck with his wife, two children and their dog, Miles. He can be reached at psingley@ctspj.org.

CTSPJ Board of Directors 2013-14

President
Jodie Mozdzer Gil

Vice President of Programming
Jamie DeLoma

Vice President of Communication
Liz Glagowski

Treasurer
Cara Rosner

Secretary
Ricky Campbell

Immediate Past President
Cindy Simoneau

Board members
Jesse Buchanan
Lila Carney
Daniela Forte
Zach Janowski
Paul Singley
Don Stacom

CTSPJ appoints four journalists to legislature’s task force

June 18, 2013 — The Connecticut Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists voted to appoint four journalists to the Connecticut task force on public information and privacy, created by the state legislature as part of the Newtown public records legislation this month.

The four CTSPJ appointees are:

  • Don DeCesare, President and General Manager of WLIS-AM in Old Saybrook and WMRD-AM in Middletown. DeCesare is past chairman of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association. DeCesare is a 40-year broadcast veteran, and spent several years at CBS in New York City, where he went from editing radio broadcasts to overseeing television news coverage. He is a past treasurer for CT-N, and is a member of the Media Center Advisory Board at Middlesex Community College. DeCesare helped push for a Connecticut Shield Law.
  • Klarn DePalma , Vice President and General Manager for WFSB-TV 3 Hartford and WSHM-TV 3 Springfield. DePlama has spent the last 20 years at WFSB, starting as an entry-level account executive in 1993. He was named Vice President and General Manager in 2005. DePalma is the chair of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut Science Center and Channel 3 Kids’ Camp.
  • Brian Koonz, Metro Editor for the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, a Hearst Connecticut newspaper. Koonz has spent the last 26 years in daily journalism in Connecticut. In addition to his role at the Connecticut Post, he has also worked as a sports reporter and columnist at The News-Times in Danbury, and has reported for the Register Citizen in Torrington, The Day of New London, The New Britain Herald and the Republican-American in Waterbury. Koonz, a Newtown resident, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for his coverage of the Newtown school shooting.
  • Jodie Mozdzer Gil, president of the Connecticut SPJ board and assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. Mozdzer Gil is also a freelance reporter for her former employer, the Valley Independent Sentinel, as well as other online news sites, including the Connecticut Health Investigative Team. Mozdzer Gil is a member of the national SPJ Digital Media Committee. Prior to her time writing for the Valley Independent Sentinel, she previously reported for the Hartford Courant and the Republican-American of Waterbury.

The appointees represent print, radio, television and online media.

“Our board is pleased to find four journalists who are enthusiastic to serve on this committee and who represent CTSPJ’s views — that transparency and public access to records is paramount in a free and open society,” said Cindy Simoneau, immediate past president for CTSPJ.

The task force includes 13 other members, including a representative from the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information and the executive director for the FOI Commission.

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Brendan Sharkey, and president pro tempore of the Senate, Donald Williams, will select two chairpersons for the committee.

The task force is asked to meet between July 1, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014, at which point a report with recommendations will be sent to the Connecticut General Assembly.

CTSPJ board to meet

The CTSPJ Board of Directors will meet on June 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Conn.

The meeting is the time when CTSPJ starts planning programs for the upcoming year, discusses upcoming SPJ conferences and the board-run contest.

Click here to download a copy of the agenda.

If you have any suggestions for programming or items you wish the board to discuss, please contact CTSPJ President Jodie Mozdzer Gil at jmozdzer@ctspj.org by Friday, June 7.

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